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We’re sure that at least once in lifetime you’ve spouted the legendary cliché “That wouldn’t happen to me”. And we’re also sure that at least one in a lifetime you’ve had to apologize by way of it was “may fault” and admit you’ve made a mistake. Plus, however, much you travel there are situations that usually happen where you’re forced to admit you’ve put your foot in it yet find yourself hopelessly drawn to as if they were a magnet.

1. OMG! My passport’s expired!

At some time or another all we travelers have felt our passport was infinite, yet on the eve of a trip we’ve found ourselves looking for and hurrying to the nearest passport office which’ll issue us with an emergency passport. That really hasn’t happened to you! Ever?

2. What do you mean my flight departed on the 15th? Impossible, but today’s the 16th!

You arrive at the airport and look as if you’ve been caught on candid camera when you find out the flight you were going to take in a few hours, exists, but yours left yesterday

3. “Jumping over stepping stones”

How many times have you bought a flight with 1, 2, 3 or even 4 stopovers just to save a few euros? Fess up! I’m sure it wasn’t just once and that later you’ve kicked yourself when you find yourself at the airport for 8 hours without knowing what to do, whereas if you’d spent 10 euros more you’d already be enjoying the beaches in Thailand.

4. Haul around a 100-liter backpack for a 1-week trip

We’ve all been green travelers at some time and made the mistake of thinking we need 3 changes of clothing a day. Once we’ve notched up several trips it’s become blatantly obvious 3 changes can last a month. I mean let’s face it the rest of the world has washing machines too, don’t they?

5. Pack so many “just in case” it looks like the Apocalypse is coming…

In case it rains, in case it’s sunny, in case it breaks, in case I’ve got a party, in case I’ve got to go to the beach, in case I’ve got to get hitched… So, the next time any “just in case” comes to mind, take notice of us, there are shops everywhere in the world and very good ones.

 6. Moment of panic when our backpack isn’t the first to appear on the baggage collection conveyor

It makes no odds whether we’ve flown in a 300-passenger plane, if our backpack isn’t the first on the baggage conveyor, we immediately get flustered thinking it’s got loss within the enormity of any airport.

 7. That magic moment when your Mom says for the umpteenth time watch your baggage

Who hasn’t heard their Mom/Dad/various relatives say “Don’t lose sight of your backpack. Because so-and-so in xxxxx almost had xxxxx slipped into it, and you should’ve seen the ruckus !”.

8. “Give a woman the right pair of shoes and she’ll conquer the world”

It won’t be the first or the last time we pack an impossible pair of shoes in our backpack to show off during the trip. Get real and wear the right kind of footwear, yet divine at the same time, like those by El Naturalista and no doubt you’ll take over the world and be fashionable at the same time.

 

9. Obsess about trips even to the point of insanity

Cushions with world map patterns, diaries with travel phrases, mugs with names of cities, bracelets with plane-shaped decorations, globes on all the little tables in your apartment, vinyl wall stickers with a world map in the living-room, etc. Do you need to buy anything else?

 10. So, shall we head to the airport now? What?! I haven’t got my bag packed!

Experience is said to be a degree and much more in this instance. We’ve all believed ourselves capable of packing a backpack for 1 month in 5 minutes flat at some time. But best of all, is that in the end, we can!

11. Thinking about getting hitched solely and exclusively for more vacation days

Yeah! We know it’s not exactly politically correct, but I bet my bottom dollar the thought’s crossed your mind sometimes.

12. Think about traveling without medical insurance, even for just a moment

Probably everyone without exception has thought they were superheroes at some time and that they’d never get sick on a trip. So if we are, why spend money on travel insurance?

We hope this is nothing more than a thought. We should NEVER EVER travel without insurance, a simple stomachache thousands of kilometers from home can turn into our worst nightmare.

13. Go crazy when you realize there’s no WiFi

It doesn’t matter if we haven’t got a mattress on the bed, it doesn’t matter if breakfast isn’t included in the price, sharing a bathroom doesn’t matter, but, Hey! Are you really trying to tell me there’s no WiFi?

14. Not checking the accommodation reception opening & closing times

Normal people usually check-in at normal hours, but occasionally just to save a few euros, some travelers will take the strangest flights with the worst timetables in the world. Not to mention taking a cab to arrive on time would be a sin and public transport (even stranger), is our best pal. Arriving at ungodly hours and finding reception closed is not unusual. You know what we’re talking about right?

15. Stomachache? Me? Never

Should you eat on that corner stall where cleanliness is clearly lacking? Well you eat. We’re sure it never crossed your mind for one minute the possible stomachache you might end up with… until you had it and you cursed the stall owner’s family for generations.

16. Haggle, haggle and when you’ve finished haggling, haggle again

And almost without realizing you join in the dynamics. You don’t know how but for some unknown reason you end up haggling over 10 cents for bottle of water for an hour!

17. Try paying with a currency different from that of the country you’re in

Let’s face it, in the end, all that saving coins in your purses from each country you’ve visited takes its toll. I mean, couldn’t they create a universal currency once and for all?

18. End up in the most tourist restaurant in the city

And it’s not as if you didn’t know. I mean you’re very sure that if you want to something tasty that won’t break the bank then you have to move out of the tourist areas, but you’re distracted for a second and without realizing it, Pow, you find yourself in the most central terrace of the city, paying 40 euros through the nose for a set daily menu.

19. Stand your ground and end up spending a night at the airport

We’ve all gone through the stage where we’ve put money before comfort and the idea of spending a night at the airport, albeit stretched out on the floor, usually has greater appeal when compared to an overnight stay at a hotel.

20. Buy the typical souvenir you’d never have thought you’d even be able to look at

Truth of the matter is when we’re on vacation we’re capable of buying any souvenir which flies us back to being a tourist. Let’s see who’s brave enough to tell my giant Big Ben doesn’t look cute on the living-room shelf.

 

Berlin, Germany’s capital is one of those amazing cities, where modernity and history go hand in hand offering you countless sensations at every step.

Although there are lots of places to see in the city, our next post leaves you with a selection of the 10 places you mustn’t miss in Berlin, ranging from the most touristic to the most curious.

 

East Side Gallery

 Considered the largest open-air art gallery in the world, East Side Gallery is part of the Berlin Wall with a length of over 1 km where over 120 artists have left their art and stamp by way of paintings.

 A place full of history with looks to the past and future, which you mustn’t miss in this city.

Bank of the River Spree

 Whether you want to move away from the city for a few hours or not, the River Spree is a place where you’ll come face to face with at some time during your travels through Berlin.

Passing through such emblematic city landmarks like the East Side Gallery, Island of Museums and even Tiergarten, one of the city’s green belts; the banks of this river are ideal for enjoying lush green end of day.

Can you imagine enjoying a sundown on its lawn?

2. Bank of the River Spree

Brandenburg Gate

 Symbolic access to the city in times past, today the Brandenburg Gate is one of those places you just have to see in Berlin during both the daytime and night-time. Moreover, it’s very close to such touristic places like the Parliament, Postdamer Platz and Pariser Platz, so all the more reason why you shouldn’t miss seeing it totally lit up when night falls and enjoy one of the most incredible places in the city.

Brandenburg Gate  Tiergarten Park

The Tiergarten is one of the most famous parks in the city, and which many consider the Berlin green belt.

Located in the centre, it’s the ideal place for enjoying a stroll surrounded by greenery and tranquility, something which everyone in Berlin and tourists seem to enjoy, particularly with the onset of warm weather and the park becomes one of the most charming places in this European capital.

 Hackesche Höfe Courtyard Complex

 Located in Scheunenviertel, the Hackesche Höfe Courtyard Complex were declared “Historical Monument” in 1972 and are one of those intriguing places which you simply have to visit in this city.

Between Rosenthale and Sophienstraße streets you’ll come across 8 interior courtyards where companies, business and homes coexist, surrounded by numerous stores replete with charm, bars and restaurants, which have turned this area of the city into the perfect place to live and discover the Berlin nightlife.

  Berlin unterwelten

 If there’s one experience you can’t miss out on in Berlin, that’s the Berlin unterwelten or Berlin Subway.

 These guided visits thanks to the Society for the Documentation and Research of Underground Structures, and which we recommend you book directly through their web, they’ll take you through the different underground shelters kept as they were in the past and which were used during the war.

During a little over an hour in each of these visits you’ll learn how they lived at that time, besides learning a little more history first hand.

Pergamon Museum

 Located on the Island of Museums, the Pergamon Museum is the most visited in the bity besides being one of the most recommended visits in Berlin.

The first room visited house the incredible Pergamon Altar, which gives the museum its name and is one of the most incredible constructions you can see today inside a museum.

Pergamon Museum

 Neue Wache (New Guardhouse)

Located opposite the Brandenburg Gate is the Neue Wache, knowing for housing a replica of the sculpture “Mother with Her Dead Son” by Käthe Kollwitz inside, which reflects the artist’s loss on the demise of her son in WWI.

Perhaps, at first it might not seem a place you must visit in Berlin; but rest assured once you see the sculpture below the opening in the ceiling exposed to the elements, it’s a unique sensation which leaves nobody indifferent.

 Neue Wache

Holocaust Memorial

 Exactly 2,711 blocks of concrete make up the Holocaust Memorial, that pays tribute to the Jews murdered, reminding us of one of the darkest moments lived by humanity.

Visiting it causes a certain feeling of anguish caused by the different heights and sizes of the concrete blocks, which try to simulate or convey the claustrophobic sensation as the monument feeling, something which curiously and contradictorily makes us visit it more calmly endeavoring to comprehend and feel the history.

Holocaust Memorial 

 Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church)

 After WWII, the dome of the Protestant church Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche was in ruins, so its possible demolition was considered in 1950.

In the face of the Berlin people’s denial, it was decided to restore only a section of it so this church became a monument to man’s irrationality and wars.

 We hope this quick journey through our recommended areas of Berlin help you plan your next visit to the city. Lastly but no less important for any journey, we recommend you use comfortable footwear so you don’t leave any corner unvisited. In this sense, El Naturalista has the perfect footwear to ensure comfortable tourism for your feet so you can enjoy every step of the way.

Berlin, Germany’s capital is one of those amazing cities, where modernity and history go hand in hand offering you countless sensations at every step.

Although there are lots of places to see in the city, our next post leaves you with a selection of the 10 places you mustn’t miss in Berlin, ranging from the most touristic to the most curious.

We all know that feeling when a trip is around the corner and you have to pack your suitcase and your only big doubt plays on a loop: What shall I pack?

 Even though it might seem relatively easy, in fact packing a case is no mean feat particularly when you’re going on that trip you’ve been dreaming about for months. Well, we’ve got experience in this and would like to help out, so we’re leaving you a list of the 10 things we think you should remember to pack.

1.Toilet bag

A toilet bag is always one of the major items in our luggage, mind you its preparation can also turn into a headache, and of course sometimes, it isn’t always easy to make it use up even less than our suitcase!

 The first thing we should consider is the place we’re traveling to, that way we decide what to include or no. The just in cases have no place here either, especially when traveling some place where all we have to do is cross the street to buy anything we need or have forgotten.

It’s great bringing a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, etc., with us but we shouldn’t obsess about whether our destination will have these items. So the best thing is to take it easy and just to take our most personal products or those most difficult to find at our destination.

The best way to organize yourself is to put your toilet bag in the bathroom in the morning and just add the things you’ve used that day. Whatever you didn’t use is unnecessary and you won’t need it on your trip.

2.First Aid Kit

 Whilst it might seem unnecessary, a good first aid kit can be our best ally on a trip. As with our toilet bag, we don’t need to pack as if we were going to war, but we should give it a few minutes thought and pack some meds which might help if we needed them.

Essential: A generic antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, gauze/bandage for first dressings, sun protection and mosquito repellant would be some of the things we should take with us; not to mention your regular meds should you be taking any their corresponding scripts.

Something else which might be a godsend should we have a medical problem but which we don’t normally take is to have our entire medical history in the cloud so it can be consulted when necessary by any doctor, and if it’s in English so much the better.

3.Documents

 It may sometimes seem obvious the need to carry our documentation on many occasions, such as on a trip; but for that very same reason we often forget what that might mean.

We always recommend making a scanned copy of all necessary travel documents such as: Passports, driving license, health card, medical insurance details, etc. You can upload these documents to the cloud and leave them offline so you can consult them at any time.

With the other documents like flight tickets, hotel and rental car reservations, etc., we think it’s a good idea to do the same. That way you don’t need to go around with loads of paper while having everything on hand when you need it.

4.Clothes

Clothing is another important point plus one of the hardest when organizing a suitcase. As we’ve already mentioned regarding your toilet bag, in this case, it’s also worth forgetting about the ‘just in cases’ and pack only what we need. The best thing is to consider the kind of trip we’re going to take and use that as a base to decide which clothes to pack. After all, a trekking holiday is not a week in the Caribbean or preparing a getaway break to know a city.

Once we know the kind of trip we’re going on and how long for, then we should concentrate on what we really need and pack that. Plus, something very useful particularly if you like to co-ordinate your clothes, then pack basic garments suitable for several occasions. For example, a black purse, a pair of jeans or a white blouse are always good options as basic luggage.

5.Footwear

 And the same goes for footwear as clothing, although you should pay special attention, since as the saying goes: you can’t have a worse trip if you wear the wrong shoes.

 So, apart from considering the kind of trip you’re going to make, it’s important to wear comfortable shoes, appropriate for the situations we’ll encounter along the way, and above all, ones we’ve already broken in. You should never wear brand new shoes when traveling!

And if apart from these recommendations you go for footwear like El Naturalista’s (link: https://www.elnaturalista.com/en/); sustainable, made in our own factories which ensure workers’ rights and are environment friendly, made from natural and recycled materials, besides assigning a percentage of each sale to social projects, then you can rest assured your feet are in the best possible hands.

6.Electronics

 Yeah! We know it must sound very materialistic, but who doesn’t travel with an electronic device today?

From a cell phone to an E-book not to mention a hairdryer, there are many gadgets we now use daily, so when going on a journey it’s worth stopping a minute and thinking which of those are really necessary or useful for our holidays.

It goes without saying a cell phone or camera will go with us, but do we really need to pack a hairdryer? Particularly if we bear in mind many hotels have them in the bathrooms or can be requested at reception; and if they don’t have one, would it really be that bad to enjoy a city while letting your hair dry naturally? What do you think?

7.Chargers

And as a complement to all that technology, let’s not forget the chargers we need for each. Mind you, if you don’t want to struggle with all that weight we suggest you get a charger with several USB ports, ideal for charging several cell phones.

Plus, let’s not forget what kind of plugs are used at your destination just in case you need to take an adapter with you.

8.Entertainment

 There’s nothing better than a good book, some music or a film when you have to spend hours on a plane or any other means of transport.

Prepare a good selection a few days before your journey so the hours traveling will go quicker. It’s a good time to listen to music from a country or read a book set in the destination as soon as you’re on your way there…

9.Beware of luggage restrictions

 We know it’s not exactly a thing as such, but it’s worth checking the luggage restrictions of the airline you’ll be travelling with to avoid unpleasant surprises.

It’s said a farsighted traveler is worth two”, and we have no doubts.

10.Looking forward to having a good time and enjoying your trip to the utmost

And last but no less important and essential when preparing your luggage and mustn’t forget to pack, i.e. your desire to have a great time, and above all enjoy your trip to the maximum.